In April I came across the first single from Burning Torches, the debut EP by a Spanish black/death band named Krossfyre. I was eager to hear it partly because the line-up includes members of Sheidim, Graveyard, Körgull the Exterminator, Insulters, Suspiral, and Morbid Flesh, and in part because the press announcement made references to classic Nifelheim and Vomitor, early Tribulation, later Desaster, Gospel of the Horns, Bestial Mockery, and Nocturnal Graves.
That first song, “Fire Solution”, was as good as I hoped it would be, and definitely earned its name. The whole EP turns out to be a fire solution to whatever might be ailing you. It will be released by the ever-tasteful Hells Headbangers on September 15 (CD, 12″ MLP), and today we have the premiere of the title track.
As I wrote back in April, “Fire Solution” is a howling, venom-spitting black thrasher that flies like bats out of hell and switches tempos on a dime.
“Burning Torches” begins in a similarly incendiary rush, ripping it up with high, whirring riffs, bounding battering drums, rippling melodic leads, and incinerating solos. The vocalist’s tyrannical yells are also as caustic as lye. But about halfway through the pace slows, creating a path for sinister sorcerous sensations of the arcane. Once again, Krossfyre prove that they don’t just have one speed, and their interests and talents aren’t rigidly confined either.
But I think it’s fair to say that fire is still the solution.
Enjoy both tracks below, and pre-order here: